If you grew up playing football in England, or indeed mostly anywhere in Europe, the chances are you’ve played some variation of a game where you get the chance to kick the ball as hard as you can at another person’s behind.
It’s usually the result of said victim having lost a game beforehand, but that never softens the blow any - mind the pun. Just remember what it felt like to have the leather sting your bum, lower back, or, god forbid, your legs - now imagine that after the ball had been struck by a professional footballer.
Though it makes sense to assume the players we adore each week aren’t too different when it comes to engaging in the sort of games which end up with someone receiving some sort of punishment, the thought of being given what is essentially a firing squad by a man capable of hitting a ball at 100mph+ doesn’t bear thinking about.
Kramer takes no prisoners
As a result you need to spare a thought for Borussia Monchengladbach physio Andreas Bluhm, who was certainly left with sore cheeks after offering himself up as target practise for Germany international Christoph Kramer.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who has been targeted by the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid of late, had no trouble in firing a venomous spot-kick into the man he’ll be turning to should he pick up an injury in the coming weeks, and the strike certainly had the desired effect.
Bluhm not only squealed out in pain but also ran off clutching his behind, much to Kramer’s amusement.